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    Catalog of the William P. Donlon collection of United States coins and currency. [11/23-25/1956]

    Highlight: Melish Sale $8.25. 66 — 1907. Brilliant proof. Melish Sale $8.25. 67 — 1907. Uncirculated, dull. 6 pcs. List $1 3.50. 68 — 1908. Proof, turning dark. Melish Sale $8.50. 69 — 1908. Lhicirculated. 3 pcs (1 dull). $7.00. 70 — 1908-S. Uncirculated, $17.50. 71 — 1909. Iridescent proof. Melish Sale, .$8.25. 72 — 1909. Proof, brilliant red. Melish Sale $8.25. 73 — 1909. Iridescent proof, Melish Sale $8.25. 74 — 1909. Proof. A few small spots. $7.00. 75 — 1909. Proof. One spot. $7.00. 76 — 1909. Uncirculated, 4 pcs (3 dull) . $9.00. 77 — 1909-S. Fine, scarce. Lists at $25.00. 78 — 1909-S. Very good to fine. Scarce. $21.00. SET— FLYING EAGLES— INDIAN GENTS 79 — Complete set 1857-1909 inclusive, including the 1908-S and 1909-S. Coins from 1857 to 1869 are uncirculated except for the 1864 bronze and

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    The New York Connoisseur's Collection

    Highlight: Melish, a Cincinnati industrialist. Melish extra dollars by dispersing false information, including “sold out” announcements. However, his actions were not as egregious as those of Dunn (of Boone notoriety) and might be well compared to what another opportunist, L.W. Hoffecker (who also later served as President of the ANA) did with the Old Spanish Trail half dollars. In the instance of the Cincinnati half dollar, Melish saw a good opportu- nity and persuaded Congress to pass an act for a halt dollar commemorating Cincinnati. There was nothing going on in 1936 that suggested a special anniversary, such as the 50th or 100th, for an

    Auction catalogue of American Numismatic Rarities, LLC.

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: "Farish Baldenhofer" ( 1955) and Melishrare, if not more so, than the Double Eagles of 1883 and 1884." Should break all records! Plate 1863 "S". Medium S. Just Very Fine, with some lustre. Weakly struck near the periphery, and showing less than the usual quota of bag handling abra- sions. Seldom found better. 1865 "S". Small S. Barely VF and a weak strike; three or four infinitesimal rim nicks. This is equal to Melish's best and comparable with the Peake coin, and obviously better than the Green, Menjou specimens. Despite the large mintage, an unusually hard item to find choice. 1866. Motto. Brilliant Proof. Despite a couple of lint marks in Liberty's hair, a sparkling,

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: finer than Melish's new Gobrecht type. Fine to VF; extensively, although not seriously handled. Rare type coin, this head appearing only on the coins of this year and the next. The Very Good Davis-Graves example, sold in 1954, realized $55.00. 1840. Different head; smaller stars and reverse letters. The design continued through 1907. Very Fine. Compares with the VV.G.C. specimen at $50., as well as the Melish piece (which cost $62.50), at the same figure. 1841. A brilliant, rather proof-like

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: The only other one we have seen in recent years is the VF Melished as lot 1529 in the W. C. Atwater collection, sold in 1946. It realized $42., in spite of the fact that friend B. Max Mehl was so exuberant (and justifiably so) in describing the piece, that he neglected (in 56 words) to mention anything about condition. 254 1854 "S". First year. Regular small date. Large mintmark, break through M of AMERICA; apparently die of Melish 2425. Extremely Fine with original lustre. A nice item, far from

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    53rd catalog of United States coins and currency, plus a few cased sets. [06/16-18/1959].

    Highlight: only inferior examples in Baldenhofer and Melish, there- fore presumably a sleeper. 1690 1861. Shade from Uncirculated. Purchased as perfect, understandably in vie\w of its brilliant surfaces. Reverse also shov/s signs of old cleaning, but no real impairment. Superior to either MelishProbably should be graded fully Ex. Fine but has been in a bag too long. Another limited mintage item. Peake’s mint state specimen soared to $92.50. The present coin is about like that in our Eliasberg offering, and better than Dr. Green's, Menjou’s or Melish's, among others. 1692 1880 “S”. Very Fine, usual run of the bag. 1693 1882 “S”. Would be brilliant Unc. save for having fraternized too long in a Mint or bank sack. Full original frost, bu

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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    Highlight: Memorable and Melish coins. Rare and undervalued; only 66,000 struck and we know only one mint state example. 730 1915. Brilliant Unc., the usual strike; fairly clean, but not altogether free of bag marks. This is another one hard to find records of in rnint state; neither Dr. Green's, nor Peake’s, nor Melish's, nor Straus's qualified at that level, and others have been worse. 731 1916 “S”. A hair’s breadth short of Unc., but most dealers would readily sell this bright, lustrous coin as mint state. Limited mintage. 732 1932. Last regularly obtainable year. Brilliant Unc., the usual soft strike; rather less than the usual number of bag marks. Probably on account of the $43. realized by the Graves coin, this lists at $45. and $50., but has dropped in value due to the influx of specimens from

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: Melish 2413. 1099 1851 ‘‘O”. Sharpness better than VF, but rough, lightly scratched, heavily nicked; black tarnish, probably from having been in a fire. Not as bad as it sounds. 1100 1852 “O”. Mintmark centered over EN, as in Melish 2417. Very Fine, lustrous; excellent for the grade. At least equal to the Melish coin. Rare. Mintage 18,000. 1101 1853. Normal date. Ex. Fine, brilliantly lustrous; from a distance this coin could pass for mint state. Much scarcer than the mintage suggests; true of most of these, 1839-78, except for 1847 and 1847 “0”. An overdate is known — 1853/2. 1102 1854. Heavy date. Like the last, perhaps a trifle nicer if anything. Mintage 54,250. 1103 1854 “S”. First year from this mint. Large S over space between N D.; crack, rim to M to field. Better than Very Fine,

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: Melish examples, or most others we have seen — there have not been many. 1218 1872 “S”. Small S above r. upright of N; cf. Melishr. Close to Extremely Fine, lustrous; somewhat bag marked. 1220 1873. Open 3. Date more to left, 1 very close to both truncation and border. Mostly Very Fine; reverse sharper than obverse. 1221 1873 “S". Closed 3. Mintmark above center of N; cracked through most letters. Very Fine or better, bold strike. Different from any of the Melish varieties. 1222 1873 “S”. Closed 3. Similar reverse, no crack. Also VF. Same comment. 1223 1874 “S”. Mintmark above center of N. VF, some traces of lustre. Same com- ment. A variety also exists with mintmark first cut low, then partly effaced and

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Menjou's or Melish's circulated examples. 127 1874 "S". Mintmark first cut low, then partly effaced and recut higher. Very Fine. Unusual variety. 128 1875. Strictly Very Fine and exceptionally clean. Attractive enough to make partly understandable the temerity of the dealer wha represented this as "Unc." Limited mintage, smaller than 1874, and about one-quarter the aver- age. Menjau had a Fine one; Melish's wasn't as clean; Peake lacked the date. 129 1875 "S". Shade off Unc. With full lustre, but displaying several seriaus abrasion marks. Nicer than W.G.C., Atwater, Green, Menjou, Peake or Melish. Worth looking at! 130 1876. Uncirculated. A brilliant coin, showing the usual evidence of bag handling, plus "cleaning" with an eraser upon the obverse. Uncommon date. 131 1876 "S". Mintmark far

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Melish could boast only a VF example, and it went at $65.00. 214 1922. Close to Unc. The slightly sharper Melish coin realized $95. over a year ago. 215 1923 "D". Brilliant Unc. A few minute bag marks upon the reverse, but the obverse approaches "gem" grade. A common date, but hardly common so choice. Memorable sale, $57.50; Peake, $55.; Melisht colored tarnish. Valued to $80., but will bring less. 217 1924 "D". Brilliant Unc. Splendid pale orange patina, signs of contact with other coins upon the obverse. In 1944, the Bell piece brought $220., but last year, the Melish coin sold for $1 00.00. 218 1925. Brilliant Unc. In spite of a minute abrasion mark upon Liberty'

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: and to the Melish example of this die. Better than the Ten Eyck (1922) specimen, long considered "tops," among several others. Lacking in the famous Stickney coll. (1907), as well as the recent Davis-Graves, Dr. Clifford E. Smith (1955) offerings. The J. F. Bell lot brought $595., VV.G.C. and Atwater, both $525., Menjou's $500., Balden- hofer's first $525. also, and Melish's $560.00. Plate References listed are to the articles by Adams in the Sept., Nov. and Dec., 1934, March, 1935, issues of "The Coin Collector's Journal," to Clapp's notebooks and the Newcomer inventory, as explained following lot 223. Tentative rarity listings have been assigned, based upon present knowledge of actual numbers known and available. 357 1798. Large 8; fourteen reverse stars. A-3; not in Clapp; N-24. Rarity

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: second Melishtly sold for a much higher figure. Potentially a $100 item VF; we have looked at over one hundred 1 846's without finding another one. Plate 411 1846 "D". Double D. Mintmark first cut too high, crowded into feathers and stem; then recut low, more than half its height lower. Almost Uncirculated, bright and attractive. From Elder's sale of Nov. 20, 1920, lot 2155, the Hillyer Ryder coll., Melish auction. By far the rarer of the two varieties of this year (the other one with the D normally cut) . A true type, as deserving of attention as the 1846 over horizontal 6 Half Dollar, and similar items. Enlarged Plate 412 1847. Partly re-engraved date. Brilliant Unc. Sharp, and with the inevitable indications of handling. Easily worth $35. so

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Comparable to the Melish example which displayed strength in the right directiori at $25. At- water, Dr. Green, Kern, Menjou and Graves had only VF specimens. This is just beginning to come into its own, even though the red book continues to list it at the same price Unc. as the far commoner Slanting 5. In our opinion, well worth $37.50, The Very Rare 1856 “D” Gold Dollar 713 1856 "D". Upright 5, as always. Just short of Extremely Fine, with traces of lustre. A blunt strike, and U of UNITED gone (apparently from a defect in the obverse die), both features seen on all examples of this rarity. While the obverse rim is slightly rubbed in one spot, there is no appreciable evidence of mishandling. Only 1,460 made, the lowest coinage of the famed 1855 "D“, 56 "D" and 1860 "D" trio. None in

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: together with Melish 888 and the miserable cleaned coin in one of our Numisma auctions some years ago. Other claimants to “rarest” title are represented by seven or more specimens; this includes all the proof-only dates, 1854 “O”, 1870 “CC” and 1861 “S” Paquet. Of the extremely high relief St. Gaudens - lately quoted to $25,000. — we can trace at least ten. 1859. Very Fine plus, lightly and extensively bag marked. Actually rare; a date to watch! Mintage only 43,597. Hardly ever comes in better grade, except for the three or four proofs. None in Baldenhofer. 1861 “O”. Similar grade to last, but with traces of prooflike surface. Rare. Plate Same dies as Clarke’s (our Forty-Seventh sale, lot 1421), but a much earlier im- pression from them, therefore presumably one of the 5,000 regularly made

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: (Later state of dies of Melish 2040.) 1848 “C”. Very Fine or so, reverse a little weaker; lightly but not seriously bag marked. Usual strike or worse; possibly what looks like wear on this coin is partly weak striking. 1848 “D”. VF to EF, the usual strike; lustrous, less bag marked than usual. The much inferior R. S. Brown coin brought $42.00. Obverse like Melishacks from beak to A, wing to arrows to R, RICA to dot to period to E D. Mintmark does not touch feathers or stem. 1849. Frosty, brilliant Uncirculated. Rather softly struck in centers; a few bag marks. Possibly ex Melish 2048 at $32.00. Very rare condition, worthy of a good price today! 1849 "D”. Mintmark touches above. Very Fine,

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    The Philadelphia Americana Sales

    Highlight: set was the pet project of Thomas Melish 50th year of Cincinnati as "a musical center of America." The trouble is that a search through Cincinnati newspapers and directo- ries has found nothing memorable that occurred musically in 1886! The sets of three pieces were offered at $7.75 each, the highest price for any issue up to that time. Five thousand sets were made available for public distribution. The wily Mr. Melish claimed that the issue sold out quickly, after which he leisurely sold pieces on the aftermarket. Melish later became president of the

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    The Richard Jewell Collection

    Highlight: Good signatures of Melish and the no- tary. A numbered piece not seen by Swiatek and Breen by the time of their encyclopedia on the subject. (Total: 1 coin; 1 holder) The 1936 Cleveland half dollar has its own interest and bears the imprima- tur of entrepreneur Thomas G. Melish who was located far across the state in Cincinnati. These particular coins, meant for the Great Lakes Exposition, were not struck until after the event shut down. 27 1936 Cleveland Half Dollar Pair Notarized Coins #49 and #51 — fFROMs--- - r-. • Ttiomas 6. Melish .. ^ ^ B«Cul«b» CsILf. 'X ■ (!lhu«lltn2i (CnttcnniaT <8«»! iCttkrs K.ryiailiira (Samiiunuinitilic l^alf Pollara .X tiamafmiaa^^y, /Aa^a^ f faa^maatf ^ata f am ataaa/' f m iM maaamamafma iaa^^ Jaffaa* am 4W« ammtmaa.** am-a ./mma^ mfaUa Aafa^a^Uma -

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: A trifle choicer than Melish's; Peake had none. 147 1885 "S". Ex. Fine. Lustrous, although in need of cleaning. The reverse almost completely free of handling marks. Above average! The Extremely Rare 1887 Proof Double Eagle 148 1887. Magnificent, brilliant Proof. Just about worthy of the ultimate accolade of Superb. Extremely rare, the total mintage (all proofs) limited to 121 coins. Finer than the Melish example at $875., os that had a field nick from which this beauty is happily free. We note that the Encino dealer states that he paid $850. for another one. It is very doubtful that a finer impression than this is available, many specimens being permanently impounded in museums. Worthy of a bid approaching the four-figure mark! Plote 149 1887 "S". Very Fine, with some weak claims to EF.

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Melish from un- equivocally different dies. 369 1810. Large date, as on the Half Cent. C-1. Rarity 2. Strictly Fine; some unim- portant rim and/or edge impairment. Ex Mehl. 370 1810. Small date; tall 5. Unpublished die variety of this type: Obv. C-2, rev. 1811 C-2. (The only tall 5 reverse that Clapp knew with this obverse was the die of 1808-9, as seen on the Sleicher-Ryder coin, lot 1919 in the Melish offering.) About Fine,

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Melish's specimens of this date, if auction records are any criterian, are few and far between. There is a third variety of 1837, Clapp 3, with small date and without berry. It is of extreme rarity, not over three or four pieces being known to us. 1838. Small 5; broad leaves, large arrowheads, as in 1837. TES close. C-1. Just about Ex. Fine, quite lustrous. The only Unc. one we ever saw (ex Ryder, Melish) cost $40., and went at $32.50 last year. 1838. Large 5; slender leaves with round ends, small arrowheads. TES very wide. C-2. Just about Extremely Fine, exceptionally clean. A very rare variety, seldom seen in any condition. 1838 "D". First year of issue; mintmark between date and bust. Strictly Very Fine, everywhere sharp except at reverse borders. Choice, in spite of a

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: far superior to the Melishike, like the Gaskill lot. Minute reverse rim nick. Seldom found as choice, much less better. 599 1847. In date, 1 and 7 touch above; the reverse die cracked down to O in OF. Strictly Very Fine, obtained as EF. A hard year to locate; the EF one in our last sale was bid up to $35.00. 600 1847 "O". Heavy mintmark, crowded against arrow feather and barely touch- ing numerator; die of Melish 1179. Very Fine. A nice, clean coin, weakly struck up at centers; the only serious blemish a reverse rim nick. Ex John H. Clapp. 601 1848 "C". Fine to Very

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Melish's "low date" variety; letter S held between feather and frac- tion bar. About Very Fine, dull. The obverse die cracked from chin to border. Clean, except for a few reverse rim and border defects. Superior to the Melish coin; not in Geiss, Dr. Green, Donlon. Ex Clapp. 1867 "S". Wing tip at left and UNITED STATES OF plainly re-engraved. Fine to V. Fine; two reverse handling marks at AM of AMERICA. Menjou's was no better. None in Wharton, Geiss, Memorable, Dr. Green or Donlon. Scarcer than last. 1868. Extremely Fine, cleaner than most. Only 3,600 business strikes mode. Menjou's was looped, Gaskill's buffed; Mason Williams, Memorable and Don- lon had none. Really rare, and seldom offered. Valued to $27.50. 1868 "S". Not quite VF, but without noticeable impairments. The Wharton, Mason

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    Forty-eighth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [11/24/1956]

    Highlight: $250.) and the MelishHighly im- portant and valuable. Plate 278 1854 "O”. Extremely Fine. Slightly abraded at the bottom rev. border. 279 1855. Brilliant Unc. With full, frosty mint surfaces. Not often found so! 280 1855 "C". Just about Ex. Fine. Strong and bold, some of the first-strike surface still visible. RR, only 3,677 coined. A splendid item, superior to the Atwater, Dr. Green, Menjou, Graves and Melish examples. This mintmark was lacking in the Dunham, Memorable and other famous collections. Regardless of any catalog listing or valuation, well worth $60. -$65.00. 281 1855 “D". Strictly Extremely Fine. Exceptionally sharp; remarkably well struck for a Dahlonega coin. Decidedly rare; only 1,123 minted, of which very few survive today. This

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    Forty-eighth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [11/24/1956]

    Highlight: Melishm rather worn dies. Abt. Very Fine. Indications of handling, mainly about the reverse rim. Menjou only had a Very Good one. 312 1867. Another beautiful, brilliant Proof. Like the '66, but with reddish toning (from the copper alloy) near the borders. Just about as rare as the last ( 1 866) as a date, perhaps a few more being known of this in proof; only 3,200 business strikes, 50 proofs. The Melish impression sold for $195. Ex Brand, Reed. 313 1867 "S". Mostly brilliant Unc. Choice, though not too boldly struck. We have never seen a comparable specimen! Unappreciated so, like most of these. 314 1868. Ex. Fine. Cleaned with metal polish or the like; unnatural

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: far better than the Melish example. Also ex Mehl. 167 1896 "S". Strictly Extremely Fine. Exceptionally clean and free of defects. More desirable than Peake's; superior to the Memorable and Melish lots. A premium coin from Mehl as AU. 168 1897. A shade from Unc. Full, frosty mint brilliance, uniformly dulled. Similar to the beautiful piece in our Forty-Eighth sale, last Nov. 24th, at $55. MelishFine to Very Fine. Small nick on head. 170 1898. Strictly Extremely Fine. With impressive mint frost and a surface prac- tically devoid of blemishes. A "sleeper" year, only 170,395 regulars coined. Melish lacked the date. 171 1898 "S". Abt. Extremely Fine. Ever so lightly scratched; unimportant traces of reverse dirt. 172 1899. Extremely Fine, or better; practically full

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: either Melish example, and several others offered in late years. 299 1892 “0". Ex. Fine plus. Somewhat bag marked, but highly brilliant. Decidedly nicer than the VF Graves specimen at $40.00. Not in Dr. Peake's coll. 300 Duplicate. Fine to VF, but polished; two or three minor rim nicks. Just 28,688 Eagles made in New Orleans in 1 892. 301 1892 "S". Fine. None in the Peake sale. 302 1893. Close to Ex. Fine. Lustrous, despite signs of cleaning; few slight abrasion marks, mainly about the rims. 303 1893 "0". With the sharpness of VF, but polished and somewhat mishandled. The most important flaw is an obverse rim nick, right of the date. Scarce, only 17,000 coined. Records to $35. for cleaner VF examples. 304 1894. Close to Extremely Fine. Well above average. 305 1894 "O". Very Fine. Bright an

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: Melish's a scratched VF (which still realized $19.), etc. A true "sleeper" in decent condition. 1 869. Mostly brilliant Proof. Choice, except that a piece of thread was left in the reverse die before the planchet was fed into the press; the resulting line extends all the way across the reverse. This is, in the strictest sense of the term, a manufacturing defect, the way the coin was made at Philadelphia. A very rare date in any condition, as only 1,760 business strikes and 25 proofs were coined. Initially in the J. F. Bell collection at $135., later "Lee" 1292. One of the most interesting coins in the entire Eliasberg offering; valued to $175.00. Plate 1871 "S". Re-engraved date. Very Fine or better; with the usual bag marks, here very small. The mintage exactly 25,000 coins. Superior to

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: This is similar to Melish's impaired proof at $92., but lacks some of the brilliance. 1874. Extremely Fine or better; hardly visible pinpoint obv. border nick. Origi- nally from John Zug. 1878. Choice Unc. Unevenly struck, comparatively clean. Donlon's similar example went for $46., a world's record for this common date. The Extremely Rare 1881 Three Dollars 1881. A partly brilliant Proof which was allowed to get into circulation for a very short time. Its imperfections consist of superficial field marks, too small and shallow to enumerate or describe properly. Of extreme rarity, the total coinage 554 pieces, 54 of which were proofs. Ex "Lee," lot 1 198 (estimated at $100.), originally from one of the Hollinbeck sales as "Brill. Proof." By far the rarest date of which nonproofs were minted

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: The slightly superior Melish lot realized $40.00. 697 1851 0 .^Extremely Fine plus, highly lustrous. We have seen worse ones sold as Unc. The Dunham, Graves, Baldenhofer and Melished upon the reverse to the r. of the figure 1 . 699 1852 "C". Extremely Fine for the coin. Struck from somewhat rusty dies; a minor chip out of the planchet upon the reverse, from stand of 1 , through second L and under AR of DOLLAR (as made) . Low coinage of 9,434 pieces. Decidedly better than the second Melish lot, or the Dunham (F) and Dr. Green (VF) coins. Ex "Lee" sale, lot 944, where laconically called "Extiemely Fine." Cheap at $50. today! 700 1852 "O". Very Fine or better. Reverse sharper than obverse. Not rare,

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    Fifty-first catalog of primarily rare U. S. coins. [06/19-20/1958]

    Highlight: more attractive than the miserably cleaned Melish coin at $125. We remember handling only one nicer specimen, that in our Forty- Ninth auction. Of unappreciated rarity and value, there having been but 2, 1 33 coined, August 26, 1 858. 942 1859. Recut 9. (Commoner of two varieties; earlier die states show recut 1 also.) Well above Ex. Fine; really close to Unc. and highly lustrous, but with signs of old cleaning. Practically free of blemishes, and definitely worth while. 943 1860. Just Fine. A little rough due to numerous bag marks too tiny to be described in detail. Twice as rare as 1859; unappreciated. 944 1860 "S". Small S. Very Fine plus; despite minute signs of contact with other coins, a pleasing example of its grade. Rare for the following reason: Of the 7,000 coined, some 2,592 were

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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    Highlight: Reverse die cracked across — same as Melish 2407. Strictly Very Fine, traces of lustre. This is another date hard to find choice despite a fairly large mintage. None in Peake or our Forty-Ninth sale. 694 1851 “0”. Just Very Fine. Record $38., 1956 Melishunappreciated; worth a generous premium in any condition. “This date is unforgettable once seen, as it fills up practically the entire space below the bust.” —(Lot 253, our Forty-Ninth catalog.) 696 1854 “S”. The regular small date. Large S, cracked reverse; the die of Melish 2426 and of lot 254, our Forty-Ninth sale. Marked Ex.

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: Melish $425.00. Remember that these were all several years before the current interest in rare gold. The Excessively Rare 179 5 Eagle with Nine Leaves in Branch 61 1795. Adams 5; Not in Clapp; Newcomer 439. Rarity 8. Eagle standing on branch with nine leaves (regular has thirteen). Extremely Fine, weak in centers, and with many adjustment marks; some chips out of planchet (as made) on both sides. Rim dent at T of UNITED. A few small pit-like planchet defects. The first one we have seen, and only the second we have heard of. Of extreme desirability as a type coin; potentially a $2,000. item! Plate Probably included with the 911 delivered November 27, 1795, the last coinage of the year. The other four varieties have 13 leaves in branch; the 1796-7 have 11. The other specimen known to us is

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: nicer than Melish18,459. The Rives S. Brown coin (NENA, 1959) brought $42.50 in only VG. We have no record of any specimen equal to the present one. 131 1840 “0”. Regular border. Ex. Fine, needle sharp and bright, but with a few light bag marks, most of them on reverse. A type coin: first New Orleans half eagle. Mintage of this type, 35,700. This includes 8,300 struck in Jan.-Feb. 1841 from 1840 dies. Melish’s was only

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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    Highlight: Melish 2349. For an earlier state of these dies see lot 62 above. 1085 1839. Type of '38, large letters. Very Fine or better, somewhat bag marked; small rim nicks. Quite rare, and in strong demand. Coronet head: Appears only on this and the very rare 1838; therefore a type coin. Similar to Neumoyer’s at $180., possibly a trifle better. 1086 1841. Very Fine, somewhat bag marked. Decidedly scarce, far more difficult to locate than the number coined would suggest. The W. G. C. coin brought $50., over fourteen years ago! Modified Coronet head. Mintage 63,131. 1087 1843 “O”. Thin date. Very Fine or better, sharp, cleaned long ago. Four obverse and five reverse dies were made of this date and mint. 1088 1845 "O”. Traces of recutting on 84. Rev. Crack, wing tip to border at r. Just Very Fine.

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    Howard S. Baron (High Ridge Books) Correspondence File, 1985-2000

    /1985

    Highlight: MELISHnd, and Upper Canada. Philadelphia: 1812. 2 Volumes, 8vo . First edition, with the errata slip. 8 maps (4 folding). 2 pull-out tables. The United States map is split along two folds. Modern boards with parchment spines. Some foxing. Untrimmed, partially unopened. Excellent. Fine account of life in the United States. The first appendix in Volume I is an essay on Yellow Fever by Thomas Paine. Melish’s record of his tour, which covered west to Ohio, north to upper New York, and south to Georgia, is considered one of the best of the period. Melish, in his preface, says "I have spared

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    Howard S. Baron (High Ridge Books) Correspondence File, 1985-2000

    /1985

    Highlight: MELISHnd, and Upper Canada. Philadelphia: 1812. 2 Volumes, 8vo . First edition, with the errata slip. 8 maps (4 folding). 2 pull-out tables. The United States map is split along two folds. Modern boards with parchment spines. Some foxing. Untrimmed, partially unopened. Excellent. Fine account of life in the United States. The first appendix in Volume I is an essay on Yellow Fever by Thomas Paine. Melish’s record of his tour, which covered west to Ohio, north to upper New York, and south to Georgia, is considered one of the best of the period. Melish, in his preface, says "I have spared

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    Catalog of the William P. Donlon collection of United States coins and currency. [11/23-25/1956]

    Highlight: Melish Sale $28.00. 1174 — 1883. Uncirculated; perfect reverse, obverse has peculiar lines as in flaky plancbet; also a scratch at top. $14.00 1175 — 1884. Uncirculated with die lines. Sharj) and proof-like. $20.00. 1176 — 1886. Uncirculated, proof-like. $20.00. 1177 — 1887. Uncirculated, sharp and proof-like. $22.50. 1178 — 1888. Uncirculated. Melish96, continued with a few interruptions until 1929. The popularity of the quarter eaqie series was not limited to the numismatist but was a favorite with the layman as well.) 1 180 — 183 1. Without motto. Extremely fine. Melish Sale $20.00. 1 18U Another, very fitie. $16.00. 1182—1835. Fine. S13..50. 118.3—18.36. Very line.

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    The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, U.S. Coins, Medals and Tokens

    Highlight: MS-62 (Uncertified) in Notarized Melish Black Leatherette Holder. Lustrous with original toning; the obverse mostly white with a thin band of pink and peach while the reverse is darker with mottled toning of deep orange hues and flashes of pink. The original Melish holder is quite nice and the reverse has the certiflcation and signature of Melish stating this holder held the 107th coins struck at Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. Extremely Fine. 5019 1936 Cleveland Centennial/Great Lakes Exposition. MS- 66 (NGC). PCGS# 9288. 5020 1936 Cleveland Centennial/Great Lakes Exposition, MS- 64 (Uncertified), with original envelope # 933. (Total: 2 items) 5021 1936 Cleveland Centennial/Great Lakes Exposition. AU- 58 (Uncertified). Beautiful golden gray toning on lustrous surfaces. Accompanied

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    The November 2016 Baltimore Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: Thomas Melish, Cincinnati industrialist, was well-connected politically and envisioned an opportunity to have Congress authorize the minting for him of his own commemorative half dollar. This is true. In this era, commissions, often set up under questionable circumstances, could apply through a favorite congressman to have a coin minted for some lofty purpose — such as observing the anniversary of something or the significance of something else. No due diligence was done by Congress, and as a result quite a few commemoratives ended up being money in the pockets of private individuals, the most notable being Frank Dunn of Lexington, Kentucky, who had charge of the Boone Bicentennial commemorative half dollars first issued in 1934 and last in 1938. Another caper was practiced by L.W.

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    United States Gold, Silver, Copper and Territorial Gold Coins

    Highlight: ‘P,U,S’ SET IN ORIGINAL MELISHe-cut openings, gold-stamped whh name of issue, three large mmtmarks 1 his holder’s plastic slide gives the coins a more intense golden lustre than is actually present. This classic of the first com- memorative series is of even greater scarcity and interest accompanied by this elusive original holder. 3 pieces. This issue was the brain child of Cincinnati coin dealer Thomas G. Melish. Many criticized the $7.50

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    The Richard Jewell Collection

    Highlight: original presentation letter from Melish coins in gloved hands so as to avoid the slightest possibility of fingerprints, nicks or abrashions [sic]. We take pleasure in sending you herewith coin #14, together with the original envelope in which it was received from the mint. Please accept this special coin with the writer’s compliments. Cordially yours, The Cleveland Centennial Commemorative Coin Ass’N. Thomas G. Melish, Treasurer The letter is 8.5” X 8.5"

    Auction catalogue of American Numismatic Rarities, LLC.

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    The Old West and Franklinton Collections

    Highlight: PCGS #008349 Mint State 1880-CC Half Eagle Among Finest Graded Melish, Norweb, and Bass Collections 2x photo 1332 1880-CC MS-62 (PCGS). A lovely specimen, sharply struck on both sides. Some light planchet laminations, scarcely observable, can be detected on the obverse under magnification. This piece is indeed an old friend, having been part of the Bass Collection offering m May 2000, where we described it, in part, as: “Lot 527: 1880-CC MS-62 (PCGS). One of the very finest extant examples of this rarity. Only four or five Mint State examples are known, from a generous mintage of 51,017 coins, sixth highe of all Carson City Mint half eagles. Of course, among Carson Cii coins of this denomination, mintages are interesting to contemplat but usually they have little if anything to do with the

    Auction catalogue of American Numismatic Rarities, LLC.

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    Forty-eighth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [11/24/1956]

    Highlight: Davis-Graves or Melish offerings. Extremely rare; undoubtedly worth double the Guidebook valuation, or $300. From the celebrated Virgil Brand coll., ex Ira Reed. Plate 295 1858 "C". Almost Ex. Fine. Minor signs of handling; small dig in the right obv. field near the 10th star. Rare, as only 9,056 were coined, which puts this in a class with the 1878 "CC" FHalf Eagle, 1852 "C,' Gold Dollar, etc. Appreciably better than the Zug specimen sold by us in 1952. Easily worth $25. today. 296 1859. "Gem" first-strike or "Semi-Proof." Partial wire edge (on either side). Obtained as a "Brilliant Proof" from the late Ira Reed. A highly deceptive com, actually rarer than a proof in this preservation. Should bring about $50.00. 297 1859 "D". The last year of issue from Dahlonega. Very Fine or better, the

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: The Melishme rim impairment, mainly at the bottom of the obverse. Comparable to the W.G.C. piece at $23. Peake's VF was cleaned, and realized $21. Ex "Lee," lot 1422. 491 1894. Choice, mostly brilliant Proof. Not quite perfectly struck up, but free of appreciable blemishes. Slightly scarcer than the 1893, as 75 proof impressions were taken from the dies. Superior to the abraded Dunham specimen. The Melish coin slept at

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: the Golden Jubilee lot was called "About Fine." The Melish- Memorable coin was VF; Dunham, Wharton, Donlon had none. Well worth $75.00. 512 1905. brilliant Unc. With slight evidence of handling, particularly upon the lower reverse. Uncommon and unappreciated. 513 1905 "S". Barely Very Fine. Scraped upon the obverse rim. 514 1906. Brilliant, frosty Unc. This one would be hard to duplicate at $20.00. 515 I 906 "S". Not quite Very Fine, minor reverse edge dent. 516 1906 "D". First year of coinage from Denver. Better than Ex. Fine, but with a noticeable abrasion mark upon the obverse rim. Popular! 517 1907. Abt. Unc. Practically full mint lustre. 518 1907 "D". Second and last Denver Liberty head. Very Fine or so, rather dull. Still, equal ta Atwater's. 519 1908. Liberty head; last year af the

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: the Melishold in our Forty-Eighth sale for $300., is herewith reoffered on behalf of a delinquent account. Plote 618 1856 "O". Just about Fine, though labeled VF. An uncommon date, but 21,100 made. 619 1856 "S". Mintmark held between claw and feather. Very Fine or better; some lustre, relatively clean but for a couple of minute planchet defects (like tiny pit marks) in the r. obverse field. Equals Melish's, which originally cost $27., and that sold for $22. Superior to those in the G. H. Hall, Menjou, and many other fine collections. 620 1856 "S". The other variety; S wedged between feather, D, and fraction bar. Fully Very Fine, a few unimportant abrasion marks upon the obverse rim. Uncommon; this

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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    Highlight: It is free of the abrasions that plagued the Melish lot, and well worth $250. or more. Ex "Lee," lot 974. Plate 1873. Open 3; with LIBERTY on coronet. Splendid, gorgeous Unc. A $17.50 item today! 1873. Open 3; without LIBERTY on coronet. Better than Extremely Fine, bril- liant. Scarce. This date also exists with a closed 3 resembling an 8; LIBERTY partly gone. It was first observed in January, 1873, when Coiner Snowden complained to the Engraving Department. His memo is still in the National Archives. Subsequent dies remedied the defect of course. The with and without LIBERTY variation was first noticed by W. W. Neil twenty years ago. We discussed this difference in connection with both 1873 and 1874 Gold Dollars in "Numisma," for July-August, 1955, Vol. 2, No. 4. 1874. With LIBERTY on

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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    Highlight: none in Melishge of 95,250. We obtained $82.50 for a mint state one in our Straus offering. 678 1915. Similar grade to last, the reverse AU and exceptionally nice for the grade. Another low mintage date. We have seen only one better non-proof in recent years, that being the Peake coin, and it was not full mint state. 679 1922. About Unc., signs of bag handling particularly on the rims. Similar to the Melish coin at $95.00. 680 1923. About like the last. None in our Forty-Ninth auction. 681 1925. Also Abt. Unc. guide book a high $75. Perfect. 682 1928. Bright, frosty Unc. With signs of handling, most of them on the rims. Eagles 683 1796. Only the one variety: Adams 1; Clapp 1; Newcomer 440. Extremely Fine or better. Traces of old cleaning; a light pin scratch near O in OF, a

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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    Highlight: in the Melish sale, nearly four years ago, and that is the only mint state one we have en- countered in auctions recent enough to mean anything for the current market. 707 1893 “O”. Far better than Ex. Fine, nearly full mint brilliance; lightly but extensively bag marked. Rarer than last; 17,000 struck. Significantly, we have no record of an equal example; the nearest one is the Dr. Green coin, EF, and Mehl mentioned a previous record of $60. for this mintmark in describing that lot. 708 1894 “O”. Ex. Fine plus, a brilliant first strike again, lightly but extensively bag marked. 709 1894 “S”. Extremely Fine, considerable mint lustre. A real "sleeper,” this mint- mark has private sale records of $75. and $82.50 VF, these representing the prices of a dealer who searched through thousands of

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